In 2013, talented professional and amateur musicians in the community – active and retired military, teachers and students, senior citizens and youth, former concertmasters, and community members – signed on to the dream of creating a new orchestra to the Hampton Roads area. That summer, the Hampton Roads Philharmonic (HRP) was born.
The HRP is led by Music Director Steven Brindle, a young conductor and graduate of Christopher Newport University, who has been recognized by the press as exciting local talent. Articles on the HRP under the baton of Brindle have been featured in the Daily Press, Gloucester, and Virginia Gazette newspapers as well as Diversions, Coastal Virginia, and CNU Alumni magazines.
Since then, the HRP has presented over twenty-five performances at the American Theatre in Phoebus and the Ft. Monroe Theater. In recent years, a highlight has been the HRP’s Young Artist Competition, with the winner performing in the March concert.
The HRP regularly provides chamber ensembles to local events and organizations and continues to garner enthusiastic public acclaim. Welcoming familiar and new composers alike, the orchestra strives to commission new works each season. At least eight new compositions have been premiered over six seasons.
“I would strongly suggest that everyone support this new group. They will surely develop into an artistic force to be reckoned with. Kudos to them and their conductor.” – Patron review on Ticketmaster.com